2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cody Mauch

  • Cody Mauch, 6-6/301

  • Guard

  • North Dakota State

  • Cody Mauch Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Versatile blocker
  • Could play guard or tackle
  • Big-bodied guard
  • Good athlete
  • Good height, weight
  • Dependable pass protector
  • Ability to bend
  • Sustains blocks
  • Controls linemen; stalls out defenders
  • Agility
  • Has good technique
  • Has quick feet
  • Can bend at the knee
  • Very experienced
  • Effective against good competition
  • Fires off the line
  • Intelligent
  • Good at pulling
  • Effective in space
  • Good fit in a zone-blocking scheme
  • Awareness

  • Weaknesses:
  • Needs to stronger
  • Should acquire more functional power
  • Guard only
  • Gets in trouble vs. guys who can knock him off track

  • Summary: During the fall of the 2022 season, WalterFootball.com reported how some team sources thought Mauch could be the 2023 NFL Draft’s version of Cole Strange as a small-school offensive lineman who sneaks into the first round even though he is more of a second-day talent. Mauch had an impressive career at North Dakota State and earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Teams like his versatility to play tackle or guard, although they think he might be his most effective at guard in the NFL.

    Mauch utilizes good run-blocking technique. When he gets his hands on defenders, he stalls them out and keeps the from making plays. However, team sources believe Mauch needs to get stronger, which was evident at the Senior Bowl. Mauch has good natural ability along with being mobile and athletic. He is a very nice fit for a zone scheme because he uses his quickness and agility to be part of a moving wall.

    In pass protection, Mauch is reliable. He was steady for North Dakota State over the past few seasons, and he held his own at the Senior Bowl one-on-ones. Mauch could get into trouble when powerful defensive tackles knock him off track. That could give him some issues early in his NFL career, but he is quick and athletic for blocking speed rushers. With his skill and athleticism, he should be a good interior pass protector in the NFL.

    Team sources say Mauch has everything that you are looking for in an offensive lineman except with his lack of strength. He got pushed around some in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, and he needs to add some power for the NFL. While that is a necessity, sources thought Mauch would get stronger after spending time in a pro strength program and working with team dietitians. Mauch might need a year to get stronger, but sources feel before long, Mauch would turn into a well-rounded solid starter. He could end up as a second-day pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Ali Marpet. Some sources compared Mauch to Marpet. That makes sense because both were small-school prospects with good skill sets who lacked strength entering the next level. After being a second-round pick, Marpet was a very good guard for the Buccaneers before ending his career early. Mauch could also go in Round 2 this year.


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